Head Greenkeepers Golf Course Update

December 2018

Welcome to the December greenkeeping report at Tilgate Forest G.C. Lots of work to report this month but I would like to start by introducing a new member of staff to our team, Billy Stagg. Billy is a qualified and experienced greenkeeper and in the past few weeks has fitted in already and becoming a very handy member of the team. Feel free to say hello when you spot him.

We have been busy on the greens this month, all have been deep aerated with our Weiderman aiding with drainage and allowing the greens to breath.

The Greens are in good shape for this time of year, some disease scars are visible on 7 but we are doing all we can to help them heal. Temperatures have dropped slowing the growth down making it harder to recover any damage left my this years varied weather.

Some of you may have noticed that we have made a couple of greens slightly smaller. This is only a temporary size reduction during the winter, limiting play and our machines will help these areas recover. All of the greens will go back to the correct size as soon as possible.

The tees all have been tined, top dressed and seeded and the markers have been placed at the front to keep any damage to a minimum. Regular movement of markers and a new divoting programme will be in place this winter.

As you would expect at this time of the year, leaves are the biggest and most time consuming work we do. Everyday tees and greens are blow with backpack blowers and we have the tractor mounted blower each day blowing the other parts of the course. Currently we have a machine in on demo that mulches the leaves and collects, which is working wonders on the leaf problem.

Lastly to report is that fairways have had a worm preventative applied and currently we are in the process of slitting them. The marks are visible but like all aeration work this will help with compaction relief and drainage. This is the first time in the 4 years I have been here that we been able to do this and will have a great benefit. It’s nice to have the weather on our side for a change.

As always feel free to email any comment about the course to john.holcroft@glendalegolf.co.uk

John Holcroft

Head Greenkeeper

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